This specification establishes the material and performance characteristics that determine serviceability and recommended applicability of solid vinyl floor tiles intended for use in commercial, light commercial, and residential buildings. Floor tiles shall be classified as Class I for monolithic vinyl tiles, Class II for surface-decorated vinyl tiles, and Class III for printed film vinyl tiles. Furthermore, these classes of tiles shall be subgrouped as Type A for tiles with smooth surfaces, and Type B for those with embossed surfaces. The tiles shall be composed of binder, filler, and pigments compounded with suitable lubricants and processing aids, the composition for all of which shall be dictated by their respective classes. When tested, the tiles shall adhere to the following physical requirements: binder content; dimension including size, thickness, squareness, and dimensional stability; residual indentation; flexibility; resistance to chemicals such as white vinegar, rubbing alcohol, white mineral oil, sodium hydroxide solution, hydrochloric acid solution, sulfuric acid solution, household ammonia solution, household bleach, olive oil, kerozene, unleaded gasoline, and phenol; resistance to heat; and resistance to light.
1.1 This specification covers solid vinyl floor tiles that are monolithic, surface decorated or printed, and protected by a clear wear layer.
1.2 This type of floor covering is intended for use in commercial, light commercial, and residential buildings. General information and performance characteristics which determine serviceability and recommended use are included in this specification.
1.3 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety, health, and environmental practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.
1.4 The values stated in inch-pound units are to be regarded as standard. The values given in parentheses are mathematical conversions to SI units that are provided for information only and are not considered standard.
1.5 This international standard was developed in accordance with internationally recognized principles on standardization established in the Decision on Principles for the Development of International Standards, Guides and Recommendations issued by the World Trade Organization Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) Committee.
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